The “machete murderer” who killed farm workers

The serial killer, who was serving a life sentence, died on Monday at a hospital

The “machete murderer” who killed farm workers
Juan Corona, the “machete murdered” - Photo: File Photo/AP
English 05/03/2019 15:51 AP Mexico City Actualizada 15:59
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Juan Corona, a Mexican who was called the “machete murderer” after he killed at least 25 farm workers in California in the 70s, died yesterday.

The serial killer, who was serving a life sentence, died on Monday at a hospital.

The “machete murderer”, who was a farm workers contractor, killed dozens of migrant workers and buried them in shallow graves in farms and orchards along the Feather River in Sutter County, California, in 1971.

The majority of the victims were brutally attacked and dismembered with a machete or a butcher knife.

In 1973, he was found guilty of first-degree murder on all 25 counts, becoming the worst serial killer in the history of the U.S. until John Wayne Gacy was found guilty of 33 murders in 1980.

Juan Corona was born in Jalisco on February 7, 1934, and migrated to the U.S. to become a farm worker.

Family members say he was traumatized by a flood that took place in California in 1950. After the blood, he said he saw the ghosts of those who died in it. He was later diagnosed with schizophrenia.

In 2011, he told a psychiatrist that he murdered the farm workers because he thought they were “winos” who were trespassing.


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